Government and politics

FILE - In this Nov. 6, 2007, file photo Patrick Byrne, President and CEO of Overstock.com is reflected on a large television screen while being interviewed at the headquarters for supporters of school vouchers in Salt Lake City. Byrne has resigned, saying he’d become “far too controversial” to helm the e-commerce company known for selling discounted sofas and jewelry. Bryne, who founded the online discount retailer 20 years ago, said Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019, that was “in the sad position” of having to step down. (AP Photo/Steve C. Wilson)
August 22, 2019 - 5:14 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The CEO of Overstock.com has resigned, saying he'd become "far too controversial" to helm the e-commerce company known for selling discounted sofas and jewelry. Patrick Byrne's resignation Thursday came after the company issued a bizarre statement last week in which the former...
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FILE - In this Aug. 16, 2019, file photo traders Dudley Devine, left, and Christopher Fuchs work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. The U.S. stock market opens at 9:30 a.m. EDT on Thursday, Aug. 22. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
August 22, 2019 - 5:14 pm
A wobbly day on Wall Street left stock indexes mostly lower Thursday as investors turned cautious ahead of a widely anticipated speech by the Federal Reserve chairman. Losses by health care, technology and energy companies, among other sectors, outweighed gains by banks, consumer goods makers and...
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Signs on a bank of computers tell visitors that the machines are not working at the public library in Wilmer, Texas, Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019. Cyberattacks that recently crippled nearly two dozen Texas cities have put other local governments on guard. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
August 22, 2019 - 5:13 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — Cyberattacks that recently crippled nearly two dozen Texas cities have put other local governments on guard, offering the latest evidence that hackers can halt routine operations by locking up computers and public records and demanding steep ransoms. Government agencies that fail to...
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FILE - In this July 4, 2019, file photo, protesters assembled by a majority Jewish group called Never Again Is Now walk through traffic as they make their way to Independence Mall in Philadelphia. A fledgling coalition of liberal Jewish groups is increasingly making itself heard as it fights the Trump administration’s immigration policies. (AP Photo/Jacqueline Larma, File)
August 22, 2019 - 4:33 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — A fledgling coalition of liberal Jewish groups is increasingly making itself heard as it fights the Trump administration's immigration policies. Activists in recent weeks have held fiery protests outside detention centers in Texas, New Jersey and Rhode Island and a sit-in that...
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French President Emmanuel Macro, left, welcomes Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi before a meeting at the Chateau of Chantilly, north of Paris, Thursday Aug. 22, 2019. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be a guest at the G7 in Biarritz. (Pascal Rossignol, Pool via AP)
August 22, 2019 - 4:07 pm
CHANTILLY, France (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron has met with India's prime minister, discussing climate and other concerns ahead of the G-7 summit but also pressing for dialogue with Pakistan over the crisis in Kashmir. The meeting Thursday with Prime Minister Narendra Modi was part of a...
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In this photo provided by South Korea Presidential Blue House, South Korean President Moon Jae-in listens a report from officials about the General Security of Military Information Agreement, or GSOMIA, at the Presidential Blue House in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019. South Korea will stop exchanging classified intelligence on North Korea with Japan amid a bitter trade dispute, an official said Thursday, a surprise announcement that is likely to set back U.S. efforts to bolster security cooperation with two of its most important allies in the Asian region. (South Korea Presidential Blue House via AP)
August 22, 2019 - 3:26 pm
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea said Thursday it will terminate an intelligence-sharing deal with Japan that focused on classified information about North Korea, a surprise announcement that is likely to set back U.S. efforts to bolster security cooperation with two of its most important...
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Denmark's Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen makes a comment about US President's cancellation of his scheduled State Visit, in front of the State Department in Copenhagen, Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019. U.S. President Trump announced his decision to postpone a visit to Denmark by tweet on Tuesday Aug. 20, 2019, after Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen dismissed the notion of selling Greenland to the U.S. as "an absurd discussion." (Mads Claus Rasmussen / Ritzau Scanpix)
August 22, 2019 - 1:25 pm
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A former Danish prime minister on Thursday lashed out at U.S. President Donald Trump for his tweet about military spending, saying defense willingness is not just about the amount of money spent. Lars Loekke Rasmussen's comment is the latest in an escalating spat between...
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August 22, 2019 - 12:07 pm
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — New rules on gender identity at schools are causing a stir in Portugal, where some parents are expressing alarm that transgender children will be able to choose which bathroom they use. Right-of-center opposition politicians chided the center-left Socialist government for...
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FILE - In this Aug. 20, 2019, file photo, Italian Deputy-Premier Matteo Salvini kisses a rosary as Premier Giuseppe Conte addresses the Senate in Rome. For months now, Salvini, a divorced father of two children by two different women, has been kissing rosaries, invoking the Madonna and quoting St. John Paul II at political rallies in a bid to rally Italian Catholics behind his nationalist message. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia, File)
August 22, 2019 - 11:32 am
ROME (AP) — The brandishing of Catholic symbols by Interior Minister Matteo Salvini has gone down as one of the most significant elements of his successful bid to topple Italy's government. While right-wing populists in the U.S. and Europe have increasingly invoked their Christian roots to justify...
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This photo provided by the Syrian Civil Defense White Helmets, shows a Civil Defense worker searching for victims from under the rubble of a destroyed building that was hit by airstrikes in the northern town of Maaret al-Numan, in Idlib province, Syria, Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019. Syrian warplanes carried out airstrikes on towns and villages north of Khan Sheikhoun, including the town of Maaret al-Numan, according to opposition activists. Maaret al-Numan, like Khan Sheikhoun sits on the highway linking Damascus with the northern city of Aleppo, Syria's largest. (Syrian Civil Defense White Helmets via AP)
August 22, 2019 - 10:39 am
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syrian authorities opened Thursday a "humanitarian corridor" so civilians from a besieged, rebel-held area in the north of Hama province can leave and move to parts of the country controlled by the government, the Foreign Ministry said. Government warplanes, meanwhile,...
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